Wednesday, March 2, 2011

24-Hour Café Reinvents the Traditional Hotel Coffee Shop with Dynamic Lounge Setting and Creative Twists on American Comfort Food In Las Vegas

Caesars Palace announced today James Beard award-winning Chef Michel Richard will bring a version of his popular Washington D.C restaurant to Las Vegas. Central 24/7 by Michel Richard is scheduled to open in late summer of 2011 and will occupy the current Augustus Café space adjacent to the iconic Caesars Palace hotel lobby. Central 24/7 will offer a 24-hour dining experience daily highlighting breakfast, lunch and dinner selections. The 9,600 square-foot restaurant will seat approximately 300 guests in total including an outdoor patio terrace. The restaurant also will feature a large lounge complete with full bar including several beers on tap and a specialty cocktail menu.

“The people who visit Las Vegas are interested in fun and good food around-the-clock. That is exactly what we will give them with Central 24/7 – American favorites with a French accent,” said Michel Richard. “I am thrilled to create this marriage with Caesars Palace, one of the most iconic resorts on the Las Vegas Strip.”

The menu will feature many Central signature items such as Richard’s celebrated burger, 72-hour short ribs, fried chicken, razor clam chowder, and fresh oysters. The Caesars Palace location also will offer many new selections and will maintain the Richard style of light and fresh with witty presentation.

“We are delighted that such a talented and beloved chef as Michel Richard will be joining the inspiring collection of Caesars Palace chefs,” said Gary Selesner, president of Caesars Palace. “With the opening of Central 24/7 the standard 24-hour café will be elevated to new heights. This new dynamic dining experience will offer Richard’s flare for delicious cuisine in a lively yet sophisticated setting.”

Central – pronounced sen-TRAL – opened in Washington D.C. in January 2007, and takes its name for its central downtown location in the nation’s capital, between the White House and The Capitol building.

With Central, Richard crafted a restaurant consistent with his famous style that marries whimsy and mouth-watering food. It’s a jovial style that Richard perfected at his landmark Georgetown restaurant, Michel Richard Citronelle, and his former Los Angeles restaurant, Citrus.

Caesars Palace is the world’s best known resort-casino, celebrating the grandeur that was Rome, in an 85-acre destination location that sets the standard for entertainment, dining and luxury. Reigning at the heart of the Las Vegas Strip, Caesars Palace ranks among the world’s top luxury resorts known for its originality and beauty. The resort features 3,300 hotel guest rooms and suites, 23 diverse restaurants and cafes, five-acre Garden of the Gods pools and gardens, 50,000 square foot Qua Baths & Spa and 300,000 square feet of premium meeting and convention space. The 4,300-seat Colosseum sits just steps from celebrity chef restaurants and the acclaimed Forum Shops at Caesars. The resort spotlights world class entertainers such as Celine Dion and Jerry Seinfeld. Find Caesars Palace on Facebook at and follow on Twitter at (@caesarspalace).

Michel Richard exemplifies the art of cuisine and a love of his profession. Richard was a pioneer in French/California cuisine before moving to Washington, DC, where Michel Richard Citronelle became his flagship restaurant. Richard's creativity can be seen in prestigious culinary publications such as Food & Wine, Food Arts, and Bon Appetit. Chosen by the James Beard Foundation as Outstanding Chef 2007, Richard also won the James Beard Award for Outstanding Wine Service at Citronelle the same year, and his second book Happy in the Kitchen published by Artisan, won a James Beard Nomination. To rave reviews, and the 2008 James Beard Award for Best New Restaurant, he opened Central Michel Richard, which continues to be a highlight of the Washington, DC restaurant scene. Constantly engaged in something new, Michel, a modern French restaurant, opened at The Ritz-Carlton, in the fall of 2010.

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